Fluoride Action Update
We are excited to report two more fluoride victories in the United States. Last week, city councils in Mount Clemons, Michigan and Naples Village, New York voted to end the fluoridation of their drinking water.
Mt. Clemons' drinking water, which serves almost 17,000 residents, has been fluoridated since March 1951. On May 16th, the city council voted to end the practice (watch video of vote). Before voting against fluoridation, one commissioner summed up the feelings of the Town Council:
"... In looking into this... we realize that people have access to fluoride through toothpaste, mouthwash, and their dentist... the other issue is a cost issue... we will save over $40,000. I think everybody wins..."
On May 18th, the Trustees of the Village of Naples, NY (pop. 1,070) voted to end fluoridation. We have been told by residents of Naples Village that this vote was the result of two dedicated local residents doing their research and making a five minute long power point presentation before the Trustees at a regular monthly meeting held in April.
Both victories show what can be accomplished by a handful of local citizens who take the time to educate their local decision-makers about the dangers of fluoride.
Major News Coverage
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· Deadline: May 31. US EPA's Pesticides Division is requesting comments on its Registration Review for Cryolite, one of two food pesticides registered in the U.S. that leave a fluoride residue on foods (the other is sulfuryl fluoride). The EPA allows a fluoride residue of 7 ppm from the use of cryolite on the following food commodities, but is considering raising the fluoride residue levels for the commodities in bold below:
VEGETABLES:Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage (45 ppm), Cauliflower, Collards (35 ppm), Cucumber, Eggplant (95 ppm), Kale (35 ppm), Kolrabi, Lettuce, head (180 ppm), Lettuce, leaf (40 ppm), Mint, hay (35 ppm), Pepper, Potato (white/Irish), Processed Potato waste (22 ppm) Pumpkin, Squash (all), Tomato (30 ppm), and Tomato paste (45 ppm)FRUITS:Apricot (10 ppm), Blueberry, Citrus, Cranberry, Grapefruit, Grape, raisin (30 ppm), Grapes, Kiwi Fruit (8 ppm), Lemon, Lime, Melons (cantaloupe), Nectarine (10 ppm), Orange, Peach (10 ppm), Watermelon, Raspberry (black-red), Strawberry, Tangelos, and Tangerines.
You can view the documents associated with this Registration Review: Health Risk Assessment; Major Use on Food Crops; Analysis of Use on Crops; Ecological Fate & Effects - Part 1; Ecological Fate & Effects - Part 2; Graph: crop to soil; Appendix A in xls; Federal Register; Docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0173
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